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Windows Sound System Err Msg: Could Not Play File

Article ID: 103281

Article Last Modified on 11/17/2003


  • Microsoft Windows Sound System 1.0
  • Microsoft Windows Sound System 1.0a
  • Microsoft Windows Sound System 2.0

This article was previously published under Q103281


When you try to play a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) (.MID) or waveform (.WAV) file using the Sound Finder, you may receive the error message

Could not play file: <filename>

where <filename> is the name of your file.

The message may continue with:

Not enough memory available for this task.
Quit one or more applications to increase available memory, and then try again.


If you are trying to play an .MID file, the cause may be a missing or corrupted TIMER driver. Run Control Panel and open the Drivers option. If TIMER does not exist, choose Add and install the TIMER; otherwise, remove it and reinstall the driver from the Windows disks.

If you are trying to play a .WAV file and receive the second part of the message, the MMTASK.TSK file found in the Windows SYSTEM subdirectory may be missing or corrupted.

Additional query words: 1.00 1.00a 2.00 errors

Keywords: KB103281